My partner and I stayed six nights at Kuerkievari, our winter vacation. The plan was to ski to our hearts' content - which we did, both on the skiing trails and slopes. I found Kuerkievari hotel on TripAdvisor and chose to book it based on its excellent reviews.
We were both more than happy with this intimate, no-frills family-owned hotel! Marikki, the owner and head of staff, and the rest of the staff were all welcoming, perfect hosts.
I especially enjoyed the buffet style breakfast with its homemade breads and jams. On a couple of occasion we also had dinner at the hotel. I can totally recommend it: now what could be more convenient after a long day spent outdoors than to dine in? The three-course meal they serve is simple homemade food (meat stew, lasagna etc.), but it is well made and tasty. The dining room (where also breakfast is served) is a little basic but it does have a fireplace where there was always a fire at breakfast and dinner.
We stayed in the room they call the Northern Lights room - where, should you be lucky, you can spot Northern Lights from the window. Unfortunately we had no such luck, as on the only night there was a chance of spotting them, we went to bed very early. In the room there was plenty of space for the two of us, and the beds were very comfortable. I especially liked the fact that there were windows facing in three different directions, something that is not very usual. So, I recommend that you request room no. 29!
After a day spent in the outdoors I also recommend trying the saunas which there are two, one for women, one for men. It is the perfect relaxation! And, if there's fresh new snow and you're brave enough, you could slip around the corner of the building and dive into a pile of snow for something very special! A friendly warning though: it is very easy to dive in but another thing to get up, as you are likely to sink further into the snow. It was fun!
The hotel is located in a quiet area outside of the Äkäslompolo village, on the slope of the Kuerkievari fell. The surroundings are lovely, but the downside is that there is a bit of a walk to the village with a 20-minute brisk walk to the nearest restaurant (which happens to be the No. 1 restaurant in the village, at least according to Tripadvisor). Shops and other restaurants are even further away. You should therefore be prepared to either walk or take a taxi to get around.
A skiing trail is located across the yard, but to hit the slopes it's best to order a taxi (usually takes 15 minutes).